Cheryl dismisses ‘nuts’ pregnancy rumours at launch of trust
“So I’m pregnant? Go on then, touch it and see for yourself,” she urges.
What would no doubt be a dream for many men is simply a work duty for me.
“See, no kicking whatsoever,” she tells me after I’ve gone in for a good rub of what is an impressively firm torso.
Chez means business today and is keen to put to bed rumours she missed Monday’s National Television Awards because she is expecting. The speculation mounted after she tweeted on the evening of the awards: “People should never jump to conclusions about others. You never know what they may be dealing with #thatsall.” After admitting the tweet was deliberately “cryptic”, she shakes her head and groans: “What would that have to do with being pregnant?
“Anything I say now is going to be linked to that. People are nuts, aren’t they?”
In fact, Cheryl says she was referring to the struggles of people she has been meeting in her hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne this week, where she’s invited me to spend the day.
“Well, look where I am today,” she says, referring to the Prince’s Trust Centre in Newcastle’s gritty west side. All I’ll say is I have been speaking to a lot of people who are judged on a daily basis. You could meet somebody in the street, have a conversation and walk away and think that person’s OK. But you don’t know what that person’s dealing with.”
This is Cheryl’s first public appearance of the year, after a busy second half of 2014 that saw her marry and return to TV.
“I got away after New Year. I had to unwind after X Factor,” she smiles. I’ve got good at disappearing now. My fans call me the ninja because I know how to duck and dive. But, I mean, I’m very, very happy the show won the NTA.”
It’s clear 2015 will herald a change in direction for the ex-Girls Aloud star, who’s devoting her time to raising £2million in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust to launch the first Cheryl’s Trust Centre for struggling youngsters in Newcastle.
She explains: “I decided last year that this is my priority now. It’s going to be like a new job. I had a lot of rejection about opening my own centre because people said it was a lot of time and effort. But finally, I’ve got a team who are passionate, focussed and behind me all the way. I’m getting there and it feels good. Once the centre is up and running I’ll have employees and I will turn up unannounced a lot. When my name is above that door, I want everything perfect.” (more…)